Filled with haunting and hair-raising stories of chases, ambushes, sinkings, stalkings, disasters and rescues,The Battle of the Atlantic is a monumental work of history as it was lived and fought.
Jonathan Dimbleby is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker. He presents Any Questions? for BBC Radio 4 and presented ITV's flagship weekly political programme, This Week, for over ten years. In 2008 his five-part series on Russia was broadcast by BBC 2, accompanied by his book, Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People; other books include Charles: The Private Man, the Public Face and The Last Governor, and the highly acclaimed Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein. He lives in Devon.
Winston Churchill famously described the Battle of the Atlantic as 'a war of groping and drowning, a war of ambuscade and stratagem, a war of science and seamanship' and no book depicts all of those myriad aspects better than Jonathan Dimbleby's majestic overview. His judgments can sometimes be harsh and are bound to be controversial, but they are backed up with wide reading, diligent scholarship and cogent argument. This is a truly gripping account of a campaign that the author rightly puts epicentral to the Allied victory in the Second World War. Andrew Roberts, author of 'Masters and Commanders' Jonathan Dimbleby's second volume on the Second World War is even better than its predecessor. The Battle of the Atlantic is a gripping account of the Allies' hard-won victory at sea. Dimbleby has delivered a masterful narrative that challenges many of the received views about this often overlooked conflict that foretold the defeat of Nazism. -- Amanda Foreman Starred review. "A gripping history overflowing with anecdotes and enough calamity, misery, explosions, and individual valor for a Hollywood disaster epic." Kirkus A gripping read and a great contribution to the history of the Second World War. The author realizes his immense ambition of bringing out the human aspects of the drama at every level, from the heads of state to the crews in the Atlantic, while also bringing important nuances to received views on the struggle against the U-boats, and, indeed, on Churchill's war leadership. An epic account. Peter Padfield, author of 'War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict 1939-1945', and biographies of Donitz, Himmler and Hess In this refreshing book Jonathan Dimbleby skilfully weaves together front line accounts and high policy discussions to provide a gripping and accessible new account of the most important campaign of the Second World War against Germany. Professor Eric Grove, author of 'The Royal Navy since 1815' The epic Battle of the Atlantic can only really be understood when set against the strategic context of the time. This highly engaging history does this by combining gripping accounts of the tactics and operational fortunes of the Germans and the Allies in this bitterest of battles with an authoritative review of the strategic thinking that helps explain their motives and their responses at the highest national level, and that shows why victory was so important for both sides. Professor Geoff Till, author of 'The Development of British Naval Thinking' The strength of the book is its vivid evocation of dramatic events -- Robert Tombs The Times Fascinating Richard and Judy I am chilled to the bone and beyond ... the most extraordinary story ... absolutely fascinating -- Vanessa Feltz Fascinating, thought-provoking and entertaining. Explodes a number of self-serving myths Andrew Roberts (on 'Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein') Fresh and provocative Peter Snow (on 'Destiny in the Desert') A wonderfully incisive, superbly written history. What Dimbleby has nailed so brilliantly is what so many war historians miss: the big picture Saul David (on 'Destiny in the Desert') Dimbleby's incisive, gripping narrative uniquely places the campaign in the context of the entire war as it recounts the horror and humanity of life on those perilous oceans. -- Richard Blackmore The Independent